Jul 15, 2008 - 11:31 pm .- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput spoke to World Youth Day participants in a teaching session titled, “Called to live in the Holy Spirit” on Wednesday morning. During his address he explained the importance of listening to the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit in today’s ‘violent’ world.
Jul 15, 2008 - 10:29 pm .- The Archbishop of Caracas, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, deplored the death of Douglas Rojas Jimenez, a college student who was killed during a student protest in Merida, and has asked officials to punish those responsible for the crime.
Jul 15, 2008 - 09:15 pm .- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, said during a pastoral visit to the parish of San Pedro Cuajimalpa that every priest is an exorcist because of his priestly ministry and is called to exercise the service of expelling the Evil One especially through the Sacrament of Confession.
Jul 15, 2008 - 06:13 pm .- A Sydney court has overturned a law that would prevent protesters from “annoying” pilgrims at World Youth Day, ruling that it limited free speech. Bishop Anthony Fischer, who is in charge of facilitating the youth event, has suggested the overruling of the law would reduce the interest of those who were “cranky” with World Youth Day, saying such protestors will be overcome by the joy of pilgrims.
Jul 15, 2008 - 05:41 pm .- The new Archbishop of the Military in Spain, Archbishop Juan del Rio, said this week the armed forces play an important role in society and that the Church “cannot cease from accompanying those who are committed to the cause of peace.”
Jul 15, 2008 - 04:11 pm .- During the opening Mass for World Youth Day on Tuesday, Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, Australia reminded the youth in his homily, to be open to the Holy Spirit and willing to “take the next step” to follow Christ.
Jul 15, 2008 - 01:37 pm .- Tuesday morning the Holy Father sent his first text message to thousands of World Youth Day supporters across Australia.
Jul 15, 2008 - 01:36 pm .- The Brazilian Senate is considering a bill approved unanimously and without debate by the country’s House of Representatives that aims to promote homosexuality and prohibit Christian teaching on the issue, under the guise of combating discrimination.
Jul 15, 2008 - 12:49 pm .- Bishop Carlos Lopez Hernandez of Salamanca in Spain has begun a five-day pilgrimage on foot from Salamanca to the famous shrine of Santiago de Compostela where together with young people he will celebrate World Youth Day in solidarity with the young people in Australia.
Jul 15, 2008 - 10:11 am .- The Holy Father’s message for the 82nd World Mission Day was released this past Saturday. In it, Pope Benedict emphasizes the need to proclaim the Gospel while identifying the Pauline Year as “an opportunity” to spread the Good News “unto the ends of the earth.”
Jul 15, 2008 - 06:17 am .- A new Gallup Poll claims to show that registered voters who say religion is important in their lives tend to support presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain by a margin of 50 to 40 percent, while those who say religion is unimportant to their lives tend to support presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama by a margin of 55 to 36 percent.
Jul 15, 2008 - 05:10 am .- Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd greeted pilgrims prior to the Mass, in several different languages. “You are here for this great celebration of life, this great celebration of faith and this great celebration of hope," said the Australian Prime Minister. "For this you are so much the light of the world at a time when the world has so much darkness."
Jul 15, 2008 - 03:12 am .- Pope Benedict XVI, speaking in his video message to World Youth Day pilgrims shortly before the commencement of the event, said he looked forward to the upcoming opportunities for prayer and reflection with young people from around the world. Saying that the goals truly worth living for are found in Jesus Christ, he asked for prayers for the success of his mission and for the spiritual growth of World Youth Day pilgrims ...
Jul 15, 2008 - 02:53 am .- As the Beijing Olympic Games approach, two priests who tried to attend services for the World Day of Prayer for China on May 24 are still missing after having been detained by the Chinese government.
Jul 15, 2008 - 01:35 am .- Forty five Sisters of Life have arrived in Sydney, Australia to host the Love and Life site at the Notre Dame University in conjunction with the Knights of Columbus and the John Paul II Institute.